Review: These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

February 24, 2014 Review 64 ★★★★½

Review: These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 384
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Series: Starbound Trilogy #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other's arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder-would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.


This one initially drew me in with that totally gorgeous cover so it’s awesome to be able to say that the story on the pages is just as pretty. After dragging my heels and stalking all the Goodreads reviews I knew I had to read it. So I picked it up. And I loved it.

More than a few bloggers have described the first few chapters as “Titanic In Space” and I could not agree more. Kaufman and Spooner paint a gorgeous tale of the classic rich girl poor boy story, but with a twist. Just like Jack and Rose, these two defy everything they have known to be together and are thrown together by fate on multiple occasions.

The book is told in the dual perspectives of the two main characters and it works. Tarver and Lilac have vastly different voices, and even without the name at the top you can easily tell who is narrating. Of course, this probably has something to do with the amazing writing. And did I mention the writing?

Tarver and Lilac are easy to root for as a couple because they are so strong individually. They fit each other so well and it was so fun to watch their relationship develop slowly and sweetly-first for survival but then blossoming into something more.

It’s a very visual book so if descriptions aren’t your thing you may find yourself a bit bored. However, with everything else going on in the book it’s tough to put down at all. I would give it ten stars for the writing if I could-it’s some of the best I have ever read.

An all-around fantastic read.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

64 Responses to “Review: These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I’ve heard so many good things about this one, I really should pick it up soon! I don’t remember hearing such glowing comments on the writing though which makes me very happy – books with great writing is such a joy and hard to find! Great review!
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    • Alise

      I know exactly what you mean! Especially in YA, I tend to see writing with more of a juvenile flow but this is, as Jeann described it, almost like a classic. I loved it. Thanks!

  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    The cover hooked me too. But as often happens with a new series (for me anyway), it has sat on a shelf, lookin’ pretty, since it arrived back in December. NO MORE lol. “Titanic in Space” sounds AH-mazing. This one’s getting moved to the nightstand :) Great review!
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    • Alise

      Ha, I know that well. I have Divergent on my shelf from when I first bought the paperback the day it came out. Sad.

      Yay! Although if you are like me, the promotion doesn’t mean much because sometimes I have like ten books on that stand ;) Thank you!

  3. Cait

    Eeep! I’m so glad you liked this one! I LOVED IT. I was really surprised, though, initially that it was a survival story. The blurb I had on the back of my book did not say that at all. (Damn this super vague blurbs. XD) But Tarver and Lilac are a couple I can happily ship. I’d so read a sequel to this. Or a billion sequels. I’m flexible like that.
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    • Alise

      I know! The blurb is definitely a bit misleading, which I usually really hate in books. Aha, same! There’s another book coming out in the series but it’s not with the same characters :/ Still! I know it will be great.

  4. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)

    There have been a lot of books with a similar thing going on it coming out recently… but this seems to be the one everyone has liked best. I love the cover and definitely think I am going to read it… although I don’t love to read lengthy descriptions. But I think I can look past those and still like this book if I’m feeling the characters and the writing :) Great Review!!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it’s like the fad of the parallel universe books. There’s always one clear winner in the bunch and the rest are kind of sad copies. I’m usually like that too :) Thanks!

  5. Kezia D

    I’ve been wanting to read this one, Alise! And goshhhh I realize that I haven’t been here in AGES :((

    I couldn’t agree more about the pretty cover! That space background is just an absolute perfection *__* Plus, it seems like I’m in the mood for a swoony romance. I guess I don’t mind descriptions as long as I enjoy the writing style, but definitely not huge chunky paragraphs like the ones in The 5th Wave. Hopefully there’s nothing like that lol. It was painful to read…
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    • Alise

      No worries! It’s actually probably partly my fault because I should have checked yours too!

      But this is extremely different so I hope you give it a shot!

  6. Rashika

    I’ve been hearing all these wonderful things about this book for a while now and I still haven’t picked it up. I am really worried about the hype because I’ve been burned plenty of times and I know some of my friends didn’t really enjoy this one. I’ll pick it up at some point because the cover is too gorgeous not to(I am tempted by pretty covers).

    Great Review, Alise! :)
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    • Alise

      I’m really curious about the negative reviews now! I’ll have to go read some just to see the general issues. I know what you mean though, I tend to stay away from books with a lot of hype.

      Thanks :)

  7. Kirsty-Marie

    Yes! So glad you enjoyed it, I was anxious to read I because of the hype but I so don’t know why I was worried because damn it was good. I’m not into over descriptive, but it kept me reading, which surprised me. It was fun seeing Lilac grow, since I wasn’t too sure about her in the beginning, but warmed up to her, The romance was just right, no complains there. *sigh* I just loved it.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, me too! I love when it does live up to the hype though. Same! I usually get bored of descriptions but these really made the book.

    • Alise

      Yeah, I didn’t get it at all at first, I was just so shocked, then relieved, then confused, haha. I guess you just have to roll with it ;)
      In the space army xD

  8. Amir

    I’ve seen this around and I would have to agree that the cover is indeed gorgeous and I’m glad that the story did not dissapoint! It actually sounds like a pretty epic love story for it to be compared to Titanic. In space. Wow. I’m glad both characters can hold their own individually and when I get in the mood for something futuristic and romantic, I will definitely keep this book in mind! Great review Alise!
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    • Alise

      I don’t think anything could be as epic (or tragic) as the Titanic romance xD But the general feel of the book is definitely reminiscent. Thank you!

    • Alise

      That’s why I hate classics too but this has a different feel.. I don’t know, I can’t describe it xD Yay, I’m glad you did!

  9. Kim @ The Nomadic Book Hoarder

    I definitely agree with you, I loved Tarver and Lilac and their dual POV really worked. I always knew who was narrating, because it was quite different from each other. The writing was so good and I think it’s awesome how they were able to manage that when there are two authors! Amazing!

    • Alise

      Yes-exactly! Their voices are so different and I think that’s why the dual POV works so well. Oh my gosh, I know! I’ve read books by two authors and it was a mess.

  10. Allie @ Little Birdie

    I’m one of those that found myself a bit bored & letdown by this. I feel like there was a lot of hype, so I got myself geared up for epicness and then . . . well it fell a bit flat.

    I just felt like there was something missing and I just kept waiting for the action start. I LOVED the beginning, but once they were on the planet it kind of went downhill.

    I have to admit it did really improve in the last few chapters, so the ending kind of swayed me into liking it (lol). Oooh and I liked the interview excerpts too! I think those were my favourite parts :D

    Glad you liked it so much, Alise!
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    • Alise

      I can get that, hype sometimes kills a book. The 5th Wave was like that for me.

      The planet part was a bit slow because it read like a survival story for a good part of the middle but I wasn’t bothered too much because I liked the writing.

      Yeah! They were really creative, and I love his sense of humor!


  11. Faye @ The Social Potato

    I absolutely loved this one as well! Titanic in Space definitely fits the book and the characters! What I really liked about this book was how it really gave “atmospheric” an all-new meaning… I totally felt I was stuck in an alien planet with the descriptions. And do you remember the scene where the Icarus was falling in flames? MY GOD GOOOOOOSEBUMPS. LIKE TOTALLY GOOSEBUMPS HARDCORE haha. I love this book so much and I don’t ever want to let go to the ARC *sneaky glances*
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  12. Wendy Darling

    Oh, yay! I was SO nervous when I landed on your page and saw that you had read this, because we’ve had so many conversations about scifi, hah. I really do think people who don’t normally like scifi (like you) would enjoy this, though–it’s written in a very non-typical way for the genre.

    And absolutely agreed–the writing is gorgeous. I’m so happy you gave it a chance and liked it!
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    • Alise

      Aha, yup! I have finally found a sci-fi I really like! I agree, it’s definitely unique. The part that I like the best is that it’s not that crazy with in your face sci-fi with tons of made up things/words.

      Me too :)

  13. Laura Plus Books

    I actually started this one around the time when all the hype was starting but I never managed to finish it. I don’t know why but it didn’t click with me. I really want to try again though because I’m a sucker for a good romance. You’re fantastic review has motivated me. ;)
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    • Alise

      Yay :D Thanks :)

      I hope you do! I tend to go back sometimes, Blood Red Road being a perfect example, I hated it and DNFed it then tried it again and LOVED it.

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